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Old 07-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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About 4 weeks back, I was working in my veggie garden, planting things. I didn't know it at the time, but at some point that day, I rose from a squat into a standing position and tore the meniscus in my right knee. It hurt considerably the next day, but you know, I'm superman, indestructible. I assumed it was a strained muscle. After a few days of limping, the pain bothered me only when I first stood from a sitting position. After a few steps, it went away. I went on like this for nearly a month.

Well, last Saturday night, I went out back to shut off the outside faucet that was on to water the garden. On the last step to the ground, something gave behind the right knee. I called my wife on her cell phone and asked her to find me some crutches because I could no longer bear any weight on that leg. We went into the emergency room and an MRI that had been taken 3 days previous confirmed that I had a torn meniscus. I've been on my back for three days, unable to do much at all. I've been able to get around a bit easier today, as I'm learning to use the crutches more effectively. The slightest misstep causes severe pain and so I have to move gingerly indeed. The doctor called and will discuss surgery to correct the problem. We are supposed to talk tomorrow.

I've spoken to about 5 people who have had the same injury and all state that the surgery is highly successful and each person has recovered full and painless use of the joint. I'm confident that I will experience the same results. After all, on August 9th, I've a chili cookoff to prepare for. Gotta make 6 gallons of chili, 3 of Midwestern, medium red, and 3 of hot Texas Red.

For those who do such things, a prayer or two would be appreciated.

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Old 07-06-2010, 06:11 PM   #2
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GW, sorry to hear of your injury.

SO had the same problem and surgery. She's as good as ever after the operation. Her's was done arthroscopically and recovery time was short.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:41 PM   #3
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GW, sorry to hear of your injury.

SO had the same problem and surgery. She's as good as ever after the operation. Her's was done arthroscopically and recovery time was short.
Andy. that's what I like to hear. Thanks.

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Old 07-06-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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hey buddy, 2 guys i work with have had the same problem, and the same operation within the past year. both were back at work fully recovered within a few days. it supposedly is far more painful and therefore scarier than what you would assume.

you might have to spend a little less time on your knees begging for my recipes for a while, though.

hope you get back on your feet asap.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:50 PM   #6
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GW, OUCH! I tore my meniscus a couple of years ago and it was not fun at all. My tear was nowhere near as bad as yours though. Ken has had several knee surgeries, including a meniscus repair. The meniscus one required less surgical time but he was back at it within a week or so. He took some percocet for the pain and let me tell you...I wish I'd thought to video that! He's 100% and pain free in that knee. Its quick and so is the recovery.
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No scary stories here, just well wishing and commiseration! Hope it all goes well.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:24 AM   #8
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hope you are able to heal without surgery. be better!!!
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You're in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery
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GW, so sorry to hear this! I know all about knee problems and they are not fun. I am sending big prayers your way. Keep us posted on what's happening.
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